I thought that might be the case, but I was still clinging to hope :P - a patch was released once before, way before I had even heard of IRC:
13/09/95 - released mIRC v3.64 patch
Or at least I assume it's a patch. But yes, I guess that was back when not 1,000,000 users used mIRC so it was more feasible to release something like that.
Thanks to "you lot" for fixing it though